MS patients ‘can suffer relapses’ over benefits tests, study suggests. ITV News website reports today.
Multiple Sclerosis sufferers who claim disability benefits are finding that controversial assessments are causing their condition to deteriorate or relapse, according to a charity survey.
The MS Society reports that nearly half (48%) of those questioned who had undergone an assessment for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) felt it had harmed their health, with more than a third reporting similar outcomes with the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) system.
The charity says current assessments fail to take into account the fluctuating and hidden symptoms of MS and the impact it can have on the health of sufferers.